Protecting the Planet: Emperor of the Ice

By Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Catherine Rayner

A beautifully-illustrated and poignant story of how emperor penguins have dealt with modern climate change; a new addition to Walker's Protecting the Planet series.

It’s April in Antarctica and, in places so remote that they can only be seen by satellites, lines of emperor penguins appear in search of the perfect ice for rearing their chicks. A wise old empress has returned to the ice at Halley Bay, year after year; with the help of her mate, she works to protect her newly-laid egg against the bitter winter. But a changing climate is making the Antarctic Ocean warmer – winds are stronger and storms are fiercer... Featuring luminous illustrations and an introduction by climate scientist Dr Phil Trathan, this is the true story of how the emperor penguin colony at Halley Bay was disrupted after the sea ice collapsed, and how it’s necessary to protect the environment so that these extraordinary survivors will continue to be found in the Antarctic for generations to come.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406397086
  • Published: 05 Jan 2023
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 288 x 260 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'This remarkable picture book tells how a male emperor penguin keeps an egg warm through winter while a female is away hunting fish. It captures the astonishing challenge of survival.' Watch Out For, Sunday Times

'Breathtaking images and powerful, resonant text.' Children and Teens Roundup, Guardian

'Expansive and poignant non-fiction title, gorgeously illustrated' The Bookseller

'Not just a non-fiction title that will tell its readers more about this most beautiful of creatures, the emperor penguin, this is also a title that is full of luminous illustrations that you will want to spend time with, pondering over the beauty and harshness of the Antarctic landscapes.' Armadillo Magazine

'A breathtaking insight into the lives of emperor penguins in our changing world.' Juno

'Beautifully written, full of rich imagery.' Through the Bookshelf

'A super book to add to any shelf of a KS2 classroom especially when studying the Antarctic, environments, climate change or migration.' Reading Zone

'This story, with its effective use of metaphor, is one of resilience […] Catherine Rayner’s stunningly beautiful water colour illustrations complement the narrative perfectly.' Books for Keeps

'The perilous conditions that emperor penguins endure make for great bedtime reading. The stunning illustrations depict the weather perfectly, from blizzards to hazy sunshine […] Advice on how children can help to protect the penguins’ environment leads to an overall positive and uplifting message.' Reading Matters Guide 2023

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